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Subject Descriptions

HDR 900 - Research Methodology (6 credit points)

Description: This subject introduces a range of research philosophies and paradigms that underpin the ways researchers identify issues and acquire knowledge, providing the basis for subsequent research methods subjects. Topics include theory construction, theory testing, causality and causal inference, and various important methodologies.

HDR 901 - Quantitative Research Methods (6 credit points)

Pre-requisite: HDR 900
Description: This subject introduces principles of research design and data analysis at both the conceptual and applied levels. Topics include the formulation of hypotheses, the construction of models and theories, and techniques of empirical testing and univariate analysis.

HDR 902 - Qualitative Research Methods (6 credit points)

Pre-requisite: HDR 900
Description: This subject presents an overview of the theoretical paradigms and epistemologies of qualitative research and related modes of analysis. It focuses on case studies following the positivist paradigm. Topics include methods of case selection, generation and analysis of qualitative data and reporting qualitative research results.

HDR 903 - Literature Review (12 credit points)

Description: This subject aims at familiarising the students with the literature of their intended area of research. In the first part of HDR903, the student will develop the skills needed to identify and justify an important research area, to organise, categorise and critically evaluate existing information, and to identify the current gaps in knowledge and business practice. In the second part (6 credit points), the students will work under the guidance of their supervisors on the review of the literature relevant to their own research.

HDR 905 - Advanced Research Methods (6 credit points)

Pre-requisite: HDR 901
Description: This subject aims to equip students with a more in-depth understanding of quantitative research methods, focusing on multivariate analysis techniques. Topics include principal components, factor analysis, multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, discriminant analysis, and logit choice models.

HDR 906 - Research Methods for Management Science and Logistics (6 credit points)

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of comprehensive examination
Description: This subject provides PhD students in Management Science related areas with essential skills in modelling and simulation. Topics include: 1) linear programming based modelling with applications to transportation, transhipment, investment portfolios, networks and job scheduling, and 2) simulation techniques with applications to waiting line (queuing) and inventory simulations.

HDR 907 - Research Methods for Economics, Finance and Accounting (6 credit points)

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of comprehensive examination
Description: The subject introduces PhD students in Accounting, Economics and Finance related areas to major research methods in these areas. Topics include econometrics and empirical data analysis.

HDR 908 - Research Methods for Behavioural Studies (6 credit points)

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of comprehensive examination
Description: This subject introduces PhD students who intend to conduct behavioural research in business (e.g., marketing, organisational behaviour and information systems) to the concepts and tools needed for collecting and analysing behavioural data through experiments and surveys. Topics include experimental design, survey design, cross-cultural analysis, and causal analysis.

HDR 972 - Current Issues in Business (12 credit points)

Description: This subject is designed to heighten students’ awareness of a broad range of contemporary business issues, and allow them to situate their own research in this context. It consists of seminars delivered by staff, visiting academics, and doctoral students.

HDR 973 - Business Development (6 credit points)

Description: This subject is designed to stimulate students to think about the demanding nature of change management and leadership in any organisation today, while helping them to develop a portfolio of skills in consultancy, coaching, and mentoring.

HDR 974 - Advanced Business Studies (6 credit points)

Description: This subject provides students with advanced knowledge within their functional areas. It is delivered as area specific seminar series involving presentations made by functional area supervisors, external experts and students on selected topics.